Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
4.15/5
6,693 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,411
Reviews:
2,815
Ratings:
6,693
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,476
Trade:
49
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,693 |  Reviews: 2,815
Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, black, no light coming through this one. Decent bubbly head sits on top, leaving silky lacing down the sides of a tulip glass.

Well roasted malts and bit of alcohol come through on the nose. Further inspection leads to some hoppy earth notes mixed with chocolate syrup, but the chocolate notes are fairly subdued.

Burnt, bitter, dark malts ride in on a fairly smooth, creamy body. The chocolate malts are definitely in full force, but the actual chocolate flavor does not really appear until the end of the taste. On the finish, as the warming alcohol clears, a nice, dry, almost chalky, dark-chocolate taste balances on my tongue until I tip back the glass for another taste of this delicious stout. Not really sure what hops were used in this brew, but they jump in and out from time to time. Never really taking the main stage, but leaving a touch of earthy bitterness that pairs well with the dessert like qualities of this beer.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Maybe a little thinner than other RIS's around the 10% ABV range. However, this beer is very drinkable. There is enough bitter flavor to play down the richness of the beer, which allows you to have more than one of these in a sitting if you like.

All in all, I think Brooklyn Brewery did a great job with this beer. They managed to straddle the chocolate stout / RIS categories and come up with something that is very enjoyable. I've only got one of these left, so hopefully I can pick up a few more next time I'm at the candy shop. A tasty and classy brew for the winter holidays.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of hoppy91
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of happygnome
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a jet black color with about a good inch of head that doesnt disappear quickly at all. there is stick lacing left on the side of the glass as the level of beer drops
s: sweet chocolate malts accompanied by hints of roasted malts
t: sweet chocolate roated malts very nice
m: full bodied beer with some chewiness factor

overall a wonderful beer i wish i could get around here

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Photo of damienblack
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous, with a head the color of cocoa powder. Lacing sticks around the glass. Jet black, this beer looks alive, with good carbonation. Smells strongly of chocolate, but not overpoweringly so. Also Hints at coffee and ever-so-slight fruit (banana?) to follow.

The initial taste is indeed coffee, though well in balance with the malt sweetness. Chocolate comes through more on the back palate, as the beer is on its way down. Pretty no hop profile that I can detect, which is just fine by me given the style. As the beer is warming, the sweet chocolate profile comes out more and the coffee takes a back seat. BCS coats the palate, and the chocolate taste lingers, though just enough to hint at what you just experience without being overpowering. There really isn't much of a "burnt" characteristic either, which is a pleasant surprise for me. If anything, while hard to put into words, this reinforces the "live" feeling my nose and eyes get as well.

Most surprising for me is the drinkibility. This is a very drinkable beer. It's carbonated enough to keep it from feeling stale, and the alcohol presence, while detectable, is subdued enough to make drinking easy. Some cellaring time can only reinforce this. Kudos to Garrett and the BB crew for an immensely enjoyable RIS.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Appearance: Black with a smaller head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops, roasted malts, and some chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, but not like syrup.

Bottom line:
This is a very well crafted beer. It is very hard to tell that this is 10% ABV by how smooth and flavorful it is. To me, it seems like a much more flavorful and alcoholic Guinness.

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Photo of 21Maestro8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of DaveCash
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JxExM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of theboozecruise
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the 'Butcher' restaurant/deli/meat market in New Orleans, they served it ice cold with a frosted whiskey sipping glass, which was unusual. I like the small glass for the beer, but frosted was strange. Fortunately I had to wait for the food so I let the beer warm up some and the glass defrost before drinking.

It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head... nothing special, but I know this isn't really the optimal glass for the beer. I think in a pint glass where the head could develop during a full pour this would be a better looking beer.

The smell is bitter chocolate, delicious. The taste is more of the same... it's still a little colder than it should be but I can taste the bitterness of the chocolate with hints of spice and a slight sting of alcohol. Definitely a good one.

As for drinkability, would I order another one? I didn't this time, but in the future, absolutely I'd go for another one of these.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your standard jet-RIS-black with a really nice finger-plus of a creamy, mocha toned head... very respectable retention and outstanding walls of lacing. presentation: simply A+... well done, exactly what i look for.

in the nose i get a ton of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a subdued dark fruity note or two in the background. great aroma.

taste is good but slighty disappointing, though on the latter count mostly considering the build-up of its appearance and smell... flavor mostly follows the nose though has some bitterness to it. alcohol is present, but although others have noted it excess, i feel it's relatively tame considering the 10% ABV.

moutfeel: not bad, but for an RIS (an arena teeming with worthy foes), a bit - a bit - on the watery side; doesn't have the velvety-ness i look for. adequate carbonation... decent drinkability, more a sipper than something you'd want a few of, but a beer i'll definitely seek out again (especially considering its very reasonable price).

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Photo of kuhndog
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brett606
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Mousel
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer changes with every sip. As it aerates it's flavour varies from a chocolaty finish to a more alcoholic taste. A beautiful drink that I will continue to purchase and try over time

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Photo of blbarnett3
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wineglass. Limited bottling - Winter 10-11.

Appearance - Beautiful black completely opaque body. Big creamy dark brown head with great retention and decent lacing.

Smell - Full bodied coffee and chocolately malt up front, with a bit of nuttiness. Alcoholic finish.

Taste - Thin coffee up front. Strong alcohol in the body, finish, and aftertaste. Somewhat bitter coffee aftertaste. Kicks you in the mouth like an alcoholic double espresso.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head and medium body. Will numb your gums.

Overall - Good beer, but a little heavy on the alcohol. Which is actually pretty good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. A bit unexpected, but after a couple of these I could see myself getting into the swing of it.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a super rich and luxurious dark black color. like motor oil. head pours tan, and is about 2 fingers at first, but dies down to a thin film on top

s: a combination of dark and milk chocolate. sweet berries, roasted malts, some generic dark fruits, vanilla. ends with a smooth aroma of caramel

t: taste follows the nose. milk chocolate, huge malt sweetness, sweet raisins, plums and figs, toasted malts, molasses, a nice leathery flavor with some more chocolate (similar to what you'd get in an old ale), and the mildest alcohol tinge to help balance the sweetness

m: heavy. carbonation level is pretty high as well considering how heavy the mouthfeel is - thats not a criticism, just an observation

o: whoa. seriously impressed with this. its heavy, for sure. the taste is sweet, yet not overpowering. its malts and chocolate. its a sipper beer that will put meat on your bones. as said before: i'm impressed

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Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,693 ratings
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